Around Town First Day OCTOBER 30, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)
COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans’ Day. The sheriff’s department will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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STREET CLOSURE — Due to construction, Fourth Street will be temporarily closed from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, from the alley north of 105 S. Fourth St. to Quay Avenue.
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CROSS COUNTRY BOOSTERS — The Cross Country Parents and Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the old boys’ gym.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

PUMPKIN GLOW — The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Habitat for Humanity will host the annual Pumpkin Glow from 6:30-8 p.m. today in Heritage Walkway. Admission is $1 or one can of food. Everyone is invited to submit a carved pumpkin to be auctioned to support these organizations. Trophies will be awarded. For more information, call 317-3108.
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BALLOONS & TUNES — The Balloons & Tunes event will be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Artesia. Participating hot air balloon pilots will inflate and launch from all elementary schools and the kindergarten from 7:30-8 a.m. Friday. Balloons will launch at 7 a.m. Saturday from Roberts Park, followed by festivities from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. including food and craft vendors, a petting zoo and horse-drawn carriage rides, live bluegrass, a banjo workshop at 10 a.m., mandolin workshop at 11 a.m., the Gore Brothers at noon, and Lost Howlin’ Coyotes at 2 p.m. The Fire Concert featuring the AHS band and balloon pilots will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the corner of First Street and Texas Avenue, and a downtown concert with Uncle Lucius will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Chisum Avenue north of Hotel Artesia featuring a beer and margarita garden and food available for purchase. Balloons will launch for the final time at 6 a.m. Sunday from Roberts Park.
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE — The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
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MEMBER APPRECIATION — In recognition of National Co-op Month, CVE will host a Member Appreciation Day from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at its headquarters, 1403 N. 13th St. Popcorn, candy, door prizes and giveaway items will be available, and attendees will be able to learn about programs, current hot topics, and energy efficiency options for CVE members.
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HALLELUJAH NIGHT — Forever Free Fellowship, 801 Grand Ave., will hold Hallelujah Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, call 748-8839.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.
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HALLOWEEN DANCE — The Eddy County 4-H Council will sponsor a Halloween Dance fundraiser to help defray medical costs for Danielle Bailey, an Eddy County 4-H member. The dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Eddy County Fairgrounds Community Building. Youth 18 and under are invited and need not be 4-H members; parent chaperones are welcomed and encouraged. Admission is $5 per person. Costumes must be school-appropriate.
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KIDS’ KARNIVAL — Trinity Temple, 15th Street and Hermosa Drive, invites children up to age 12 to their annual Kids’ Karnival from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for fun, games, a cakewalk, and more. Cost to attend is one current and labeled can of food for the church’s food bank. One can buys 10 tickets. When attending in costume, keep in mind this is a Karnival for young children.
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MEET AND GREET — The public is invited to a meet and greet with Governor Susana Martinez at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Yum Yum Yogurt, 318 W. Main St. To RSVP or for more information, contact Megan DeLaRosa at 575-840-7274 or megan@susanamartinez.com.
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COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Artesia Community Theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at First Christian Church. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 748-4905.
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AMERICAN LEGION — The American Legion Post 41 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a potluck at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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YESO PTO — The Yeso Elementary School PTO will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the school library. All parents are encouraged to attend.
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DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting beginning with a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Yates Petroleum multi-purpose room. Lunch will be a Mexican buffet catered by La Fonda. This is a business meeting for members only. The Board of Directors for 2015 will be elected. RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, to LaVelta Jenkins, laveltaj@yatespetroleum. com or 748-4468. Standing reservations will apply.
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UVA — UVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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MATS FOR THE HOMELESS — Anyone wishing to aid in making mats for the homeless may meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Grocery bags will be straightened and cut to make “plarn” for mats.
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BULLDOG SAMS QUILT — The Bulldog Sams RV Club is selling raffle tickets for a star quilt made and donated by the Artesia Quilters Guild. All proceeds will benefit local charities. To purchase, see any member or call 746-6890.
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PINE CAR DERBY — The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a Powder Puff Pine Car Derby from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Carlsbad Program Center, 409 S. Alameda St., Carlsbad. All female participants must bring a ready-to-race car. Cost is $5. The Carlsbad center will be open from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 3 to help with car creation. For more information and to receive a copy of the rules, contact Melanie Lipman at 575-887-2577 or mlipman@ gsdsw.org.
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CVE YOUTH TOUR — Applications are being accepted for a CVE youth tour in which at least one high school junior or senior from Eddy or Chaves Counties will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 13-19, 2015, to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. governor, and visit some of the nation’s historic monuments. Applicants must be dependents of active CVE members. To apply, visit www.cvecoop.org or visit CVE at 1403 N. 13th St. Deadline is Nov. 14. For more information, contact Leah or Raelynn at 746-3571.
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PARADE OF LIGHTS — Float applications for Light Up Artesia’s Parade of Lights are available now at artesiamainstreet.com. The parade is free to enter and lots of fun. Applications are due Nov. 28; Light Up Artesia will be held Dec. 4. For more information, call 746-1117.
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CHURCH SALE — First United Methodist Church, corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, is removing its Fellowship Hall in order to construct a Family Life Center. Windows, cabinets, doors and other items will be sold. Contact the church office at 746-3535 to set up an appointment to view the items.
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LIBRARY PROGRAMS — The Artesia Public Library is now holding community programs. During the month of October, Baby Time for infants 0-24 months will be held at 11 a.m. Fridays, preschool for children 25 months – 5 years at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, and homeschool for children in grades K-3 at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Programs will last one hour. For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Geri Dosalua at 748-9966.
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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT — The City of Artesia Recreation Department will hold an adult, pre-Thanksgiving basketball tournament will be held Nov. 23-25. Cost is $200 per team; only the first eight teams will be accepted. Teams are limited to eight players and will have a three-game guarantee. Deadline to enter is Nov. 10 at the Artesia Center.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Home Care Connection and Hospice, an Encompass Company, is seeking hospice volunteers to serve Artesia patients. For more information, contact Andy Harris at 575-887-6050.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS — Lakeview Christian Hospice Care is seeking volunteers in Artesia. Different opportunities are available. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933 or volunteercoordinator@lakeviewchristian.com.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws is seeking volunteers to aid at the Artesia Animal Shelter. Must be 18 or older. To apply, visit the shelter at 501 Paddy Wagon Way.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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CASA VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is preparing to train new volunteers in September or October. The organization is seeking volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care. All necessary training provided. Screening and background check required. For more information call 746-6077 or visit 405 S. Second St.